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The Funny Pages’ Modern Masterwork: How Bill Watterson Did (and Didn’t) Change Comics

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In the golden age of newspapers, the comics pages were often a draw for readers — with the colorful palette of Robert Outcault's Yellow Kid being the source of the term “yellow journalism” — and so editors, acknowledging what they owed to the funny pages, made concessions to that. Works by such masters as Herriman and McCay were allowed room to breathe, and to display their ingenuity in full-page panoramas.

By the time Calvin and Hobbes debuted in 1985, this was no longer the case. The comics pages were increasingly cramped, with cartoonists being forced by their syndicates to adhere to a strict format for their Sunday pages that would allow papers to cut panels to reduce space even more. But Bill Watterson dreamed of the beautiful vistas of Slumberland and Coconino County, and he fought for them.

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Link Ink: 3-Year-Old Gets An Iron Man Hand, ‘Arkham Knight’ Batmobile Edition And ‘Walking Dead’ Season 5 Trailer

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Bill Watterson Returns to the Comics Page in ‘Pearls Before Swine’ by Stephan Pastis

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Bill Watterson, the legendary creator of the beloved 'Calvin and Hobbes' comic strip, has returned to the comics pages in Stephan Pastis' 'Pearls Before Swine.'

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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum Opens Awesome ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ Exhibit: We Want To Go To There

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Last Friday, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University opened an incredible pair of exhibits featuring the art of Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson and Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson, and I don't think I have ever wanted to go see an art exhibit more. Curators Jenny Robb and Caitlin McGurk have assembled an incredible collection of original art from Calvin and Hobbes organized by season, as well as Watterson's actual tools of the trade, featuring hilarious commentary by the man himself. Unfortunately, like many people in this world, I am nowhere near Columbus, Ohio.

The good news, however, is that the filmmakers behind Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about Calvin & Hobbes and its impact, were in attendance snapping pictures so that the rest of us could live vicariously through them. Check out a few of our favorites below!

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‘Calvin & Hobbes’ Creator Bill Watterson Wins Grand Prix at Angouleme Festival


Hosted every year in France, the Angoulême International Comics Festival is the biggest comic con in the world, surprising even San Diego's mighty Comic-Con International by tens of thousands of attendees. But like the San Diego show and its Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Angoulême comes with its own venerable awards celebrating sequential art from around the world, the most auspicious of which is the Angoulême Grand Prix, given every year to a living comics creator as a kind of lifetime achievement award. This year's went to Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, who's certainly deserving of the honor.

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Link Ink: Drew Goddard Confirmed For Netflix’s ‘Daredevil,’ Yudetamago Draw Captain America And Thor, And Box Brown’s ‘Zelda’ Comic

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Leonardo DiCaprio To Produce Biopic On ‘Calvin And Hobbes’ Creator Bill Watterson

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It's been an odd year for Bill Watterson. The iconic Calvin and Hobbes creator -- whose reclusive nature has informed his legacy almost as much as his brilliant comic strip in recent years -- saw the release last month of a documentary about the cartoonist and his legendary comic strip. Shortly before its release, Watterson engaged in a rare interview as well.

After all of that, it seemed as if the increased attention on the cartoonist would begin to wane again. Instead, it's only going to increase, as its been revealed that actor Leonardo DiCrapio will be producing a biopic of Watterson.

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Link Ink: Bill Watterson Talks ‘Calvin And Hobbes,’ More Marvel Vinylmation And The Sailor Moon Proplica

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‘Dear Mr. Watterson’ Trailer Features Creative People Pouring Their Hearts Out [Video]

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It's almost silly to say Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, which ceased publication -- brace yourself -- nearly 18 years ago, was influential. That's beyond obvious.

But that doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable to hear a slew of actors, cartoonists and other artistic folks talk about the impact the strip had on their lives. Based on the trailer, that seems to be the thrust of director Joel Allen Schroeder's new documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, which comes to theaters next month. Check out the trailer below.

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Meditations On Love, Politics And Snowmen In ‘Calvin And Hobbes’ And ‘Dune’ Mashup

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The internet is full of so many random mashups and, frankly, a lot of them aren't very interesting, and many are just forced. But there are some, like the recent effort to remix Peanuts with Morrisey lyrics, that feel appropriate. And now there's Calvin And Dune, a tumblr that presents Calvin and Hobbes strips combined with quotes from Frank Herbert's timeless science fiction saga. It's not an association I'd have immediately made, but it makes a lot of sense, as both have obvious philosophical influences that occasionally overlap. But mostly they're just fun, and you can check out a few of our favorites below.

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